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Ruth Litchfield, PhD, RD, LD

Dr. Ruth Litchfield is the state nutrition extension specialist for Iowa State University Extension and an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She has degrees in nutrition from the University of Northern Iowa (BA), Kansas State University (MS), and Iowa State University (PhD).

Dr. Litchfield is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and has served leadership roles including President of the Iowa Dietetic Association and Co-Chair of Iowa Partners: Action for Healthy Kids. Her experience includes acute inpatient and outpatient healthcare as well as community health promotion.

She is actively engaged in a number of health promotion programming efforts including Lighten Up Iowa (statewide initiative to promote physical activity and healthful eating) and WISEWOMAN (CDC-funded cardiovascular disease risk reduction program), both of which received a national health programming extension award – the Priester Award. Currently, she is involved with a multi-state USDA-funded Team Nutrition project examining development and implementation of local school wellness policies. She has been principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI for projects totaling 3 million dollars since 2003.


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